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How to ship a disassembled bike across the world!?


You would like to prepare and disassemble your bike? There are several steps to take to fully prepare your bike for transport. The best way to do this is by packing in a box, to avoid damage to the bike. However, if you can spare the space, wrapping the bike up in bubble wrap without disassembling could work for a short trip. Otherwise, follow the instructions below to learn how to ship a bicycle.

Collect Your Supplies

  • Two bicycle boxes. If you check a few days in advance, you may be able to pick them up at little or no charge from a bike shop. Try to find two boxes where one is just a bit smaller than the other one.
  • Extra strips of cardboard.
  • Scrap wood.
  • Duct tape or packing tape.
  • Thin rope or twine.

Disassemble The Bike

In understanding how to ship a bike, you should also understand how to disassemble and reassemble the bike.

  • Give slack to the cables by shifting gears.
  • Let half of the air out of the tires.
  • Remove the seat and post together.
  • Detach the front wheel. Tape a block of wood between the front fork dropouts.
  • Loosen the brake cables or remove the front brake and rotate the handlebars 180 degrees.
  • Detach handlebars and stem together.
  • Remove the pedals.
  • Place a piece of cardboard against the right side of the frame, then place the front wheel on the other side of the cardboard. Tie the wheel and cardboard to the frame.
  • Undo the rear derailleur and tape or tie it to the back wheel. Pad it with cardboard.

Pack The Box

  • Carefully slide the bicycle into the smaller of the two boxes.
  • Add pads of cardboard wherever sharp parts of the bike touch the box.
  • Wrap the handlebars, seat, and pedals in cloth and secure them in the box.
  • Place tools for reassembly in a bag and secure it in the box.
  • Seal the box with tape.
  • Slide the box inside the second box (You might need to adjust the box so that it fits).
  • Seal the outer box really well with tape.
  • Label the box with your name and return address, your destination and your flight number.

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